2015 Fall Visual Arts Lecture Series

Image: Barclays Arena, SHoP Architects

Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:30PM in Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College. For more information contact: Elizabeth Pellerin at 802-440.4549 or eapeller@bennington.edu


“Texas State Fair, Dallas”, 1969, printed in 1974 by Garry Winogrand.

“Texas State Fair, Dallas”, 1969
printed in 1974 by Garry Winogrand.

September 15 - “People/Place” at Bennington Museum

Hosted by Photography

“People/Place”, an opening of a student co-curated photography exhibit with selections from the Crossett Library and the Bennington Museum. The focus is on photographs from the 1950′s-1980′s that explore the social landscape of people in public places by notable photographers Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, along with photographs taken locally by Neil Rappaport, John Hubbard, and Jonathan Brand.

Transportation provided to and from the Bennington Museum. Meet at the flagpole near the Security Booth at 7:30PM. Food and music provided.  The exhibit is on view through late November.

September 22 - Kris Cohen

“Search Engine Subjectivities”

What is the relationship between a search query and the person who formulates it? There are many models for calling this a part-whole relationship, to say that the query represents the person, even if it’s a bad representation or extremely partial. But this talk argues that search engines don’t operate exclusively through such a representational logic, that they even short-circuit representation in favor of the algorithmic logic of search engines and networked commodity spaces more broadly. To encounter someone solely through a minor form such as a search query (or a flame, spam, poke, comment…) is an increasingly commonplace type of event, and one reflected upon by Thomson & Craighead’s work Beacon (2005, http://automatedbeacon.net/), which the talk will consider centrally alongside search engine economies. The talk, then, concerns personhood and the queries through which it is sometimes elaborated, and ultimately, concerns the kinds of collectivities it is possible to build within networks and networked life.

Kris Cohen is Assistant Professor of Art and Humanities at Reed College. He teaches and writes about the historical relationships between art, economy, and media technologies, focusing especially on the aesthetics of collective life. His current project, entitled Never Alone, Except for Now, addresses these concerns in the context of electronic networks.


September 29 - Mark Allen

Hosted by Painting

Mark Allen is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles. In addition to his individual artwork in drawing and painting, he is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a non-profit organization exploring art, technology, natural history, science, music, and poetry in an informal storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Under his direction Machine has produced over 1000 events, workshops and installations, including exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, and the Walker Museum in Minneapolis.

October 13 - Matthew Clarke, SHoP Architects

Hosted by Architecture

Matthew Clarke, an architect, planner and writer, is Senior Associate at SHoP Architects, where he works on a wide variety of projects, with a special focus on planning and cultural work. Prior to joining SHoP, Matthew worked in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration managing capital projects for the Department of Cultural Affairs, the largest funder of culture in America. Matthew was named a member of the Urban Vanguard 40 in 2013. He has collaborated with Stan Allen, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, and Jeffrey Inaba. His writing and work have been featured in Pidgin Magazine, the Princeton Chronicle, Clog, DOMUS, as well as a number of monographs. Matthew serves as a Trustee of Bennington College and is on the Board of Directors of the Lucille Lortel Foundation and the North Limestone CDC in Lexington, KY. He has served on the board of AIA New York/Center for Architecture. Matthew received his M.Arch from Princeton University, where he was the Henry Young III Fellow, and his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Kentucky.

Nancy Nowacek

October 27 - Nancy Nowacek

Hosted by Digital Arts

Nancy Nowacek makes sculpture, performance, and large scale installations to produce exchange between the body and labor and leisure, the built and natural environment. By drawing on grammars of exercise, functional movement, architecture, urban planning, and engineering systems, her work collapses thinking into doing to reinstate the body as relevant technology, channel for experience, and site of imagination. Nowacek’s work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Canada, and Europe. She is currently an Eyebeam On The Move fellow, and has been named One to Watch by Smackmellon. Her work has been supported by a Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, a Marie Walsh Sharp Residency, and a Recess Session at Pioneer Works. This fall, Nowacek will travel with the support of the American Embassy to Caracas, Venezuela to participate in the city’s year-long CCS Forum, “Building the Desired City”.  Nowacek is an adjunct faculty member at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

November 3 - Michael Suh, Beijing MOCA

Hosted by Sculpture

Born in Guangxi, lives and works in Beijing, China. Curator and Executive Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing. Other positions include founder and director of the vibrARTion project, Curator & Deputy Director for International Coordination, China Sculpture Institute, ISC Member of International Committee, KAO (Kinetic Art Organization) Executive Director for China. Major activities include Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture Project, Beijing Olympic Sculpture Project, NordArt China Pavilion for Chinese Cultural Year in Germany, Forms of the Formless: Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Passages: Sculpture by Zeng Chenggang, the vibrARTion project: Chinese Artists in St. Urban – A Passage to the Alps, Humanistic Nature etc.


Michael Suh

November 17 - Yuko Kikuchi

Hosted by Ceramics

Yuko Kikuchi is a Reader at TrAIN (Research Center for Transnational Art Identity and Nation) and CCW graduate school at University of the Arts London. Currently she is the Terra Foundation Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Her research interests in cross-cultural dimensions of arts include topics such as the transnational Mingei movement, modernities in art and design in East Asia, cultural identities in the colonial and post colonial context and design histories and historiography.

MA, Tsukuba University in Japan and PhD, University of the Arts London – Chelsea College of Art and Design.